Lithium battery recycling is an important part of protecting the environment, as it can reduce the amount of raw materials used to create new batteries and decrease the amount of waste generated by disposable lithium-ion batteries. Recycling lithium-ion batteries not only helps conserve resources (and the emissions that come with obtaining those resources), but also reduces energy consumption associated with producing new batteries and minimizes potential hazards associated with improper disposal.
There’s also economic reasons to embrace recycling. Through proper recycling methods, valuable metals from discarded lithium batteries can be safely reused in new products, potentially at a lower cost in the future.
All of this makes not only EVs, but home energy storage and everything else that relies on batteries, a lot more impactful in the fight to rein in climate change.
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